Collages Make the Connection

March 03, 2023

During their study of pre-colonial Africa, the 7th grade students in Paul Lederer’s and Alicia Benis’s history classes delved into the kingdom of Benin. As a culminating project, the students were tasked with researching living African-American innovators and trailblazers from various fields.

What followed was a showcase of creativity and talent. The students created digital collages that were inspired by the famous bronze reliefs of Benin. Each collage featured a primary figure front and center with a 3-D look, a repeated pattern for the background, and key symbols that represented the figure’s significance.

By incorporating elements of African culture into their work, the students were able to make meaningful connections between history and the present day.



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